Buckminster Fuller Institute
The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller by encouraging the disciplines of art, science, design and technology to come together and to bring forth the collective intelligence required to address the unprecedented challenges before us. BFI’s programs encourage practitioners and students to conceive of and apply transformative strategies based on whole-system thinking, fundamental principles found in nature, and an ethical worldview. Dedicated to accelerating visionary, comprehensive, whole-system solutions to critical problems, BFI supports change makers with The Fuller Challenge annual prize, and sponsors educational experiences, including conferences, symposia, and exhibitions—that transform our thinking.
During his childhood years in Cote d’Ivoire and summers in coastal Maine, Brendan fell in love with the functional beauty of working tools and wooden boats. It's no surprise to learn that his father curated a show called the Art of the Personal Object at the Smithsonian when he was a kid. He received a Sculpture degree from Oberlin College in 2001 and after graduating with a Masters in Industrial Design from RISD in 2009, Brendan opened a studio in Los Angeles, which today specializes in furniture, lighting, and product design. Their work is devoid of excess and ornament, striving for a logical celebration of physics, material and craft.
From the Blog:
Video Short: a one minute video produced by the Areaware creative team demonstrating the Dymaxion Folding Globe
Noguchi Museum Product Launch: designer Brendan Ravenhill was joined by BFI’s executive director Elizabeth Thompson, Areaware’s chief design officer, Lisa Smith and inventor Kurt Pryzbilla to discuss the history, design legacy, invention and production behind the Dymaxion Folding Globe.